What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is an innovative framework and design system for creating sustainable ways of living.
It is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere.
By thinking carefully about the way we use our resources – food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs – it is possible to get much more out of life by using less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now and for generations to come.
This is the essence of permaculture – the design of an ecologically sound way of living – in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people. (Definition borrowed from Permaculture Magazine)
Meet our Animals
The four legged and winged creatures in our lives are part of our family and an invaluable part of a sustainable system. We have four cats (Frodo, Mouse, Sage and Jack) and two dogs (Foxy and Tamar) who repay us with endless love and affection, and six horses (Rhapsi, Rosie, Juniper, Cloudy Bay, Margarita and Beau Beau) who are worth their weight in organic manure for the garden and fun to ride too. If Rosemary is keen, she may show you her natural horsemanship skills and incredible connection with them and let you have a ride.
On our farm in Devon, England we had sheep, chickens and pigs and we plan to raise animals here too – Vanessa has volunteered on an organic goat farm on Dartmoor and is keen to have goat’s milk and cheese one day soon, plus she has studied natural beekeeping and our top bar hives will help pollinate the orchard and produce a little honey. Vincent loves experimenting with cured and smoked meat products (he built his own smoker) so he hopes to raise Dexter beef and pigs, which will make good use of all the acorns in our oak woodland! We will also have chickens and rabbits and probably a whole lot more.
There are also plenty of wild creatures who we share this land with – if you are quiet enough you may meet deer, foxes, badgers, owls, hoopoe’s, golden orioles, buzzards, fritillaries and more. And if you are observant you will encounter dozens of varieties of orchids plus other fascinating and beautiful wild plants.
Orchard and Veggie Garden
We have a variety of fruit and nut trees, including an abundance of figs and walnuts and we plan to extend the orchard into a Food Forest system. In the vegetable garden we use the ‘No Dig’ system to preserve soil health and have a solar tunnel to extend our growing season. The orchard also has hidden treasure in the form of truffles – stay with us in the winter season to experience our special truffle dishes!